European agency says Monsanto weedkiller not a likely carcinogen

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Photo courtesy of Bloomberg

The European Food Safety Authority said Thursday that the world’s most widely used herbicide is unlikely to cause cancer. That goes against a report released earlier this year by an arm the World Health Organization that drew criticism from Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide.

Multiyear studies on humans and animals failed to show glyphosate exposure damages DNA or leads to cancer in humans, the European agency said Thursday.

Monsanto, which markets glyphosate under the name Roundup, said it was “outraged” by the study released earlier this year. The company said the findings published Thursday align with those of other regulatory bodies.

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